FROM Daniel Hinerfeld
Avatar's James Cameron at the NRDC Event Join Elvis Mitchell and Avatar director James Cameron for a special online edition of The Treatment, recorded live at a benefit for the Natural Resources Defense Council. WARNING: Explicit language
Bush Says Navy Can Test Sonar off California Coast This month, a federal judge in Los Angeles ordered the Navy to create a nautical no-sonar zone off the California coast. Anti-submarine training would have to shut down if whales or other mammals got within 2200 yards. Critics contend that sonar signals will damage the marine mammals' hearing, with worldwide impact. During his trip to the Middle East, President Bush signed a waiver of court-imposed sonar limits, calling it an issue of national security. One environmental group says today he is "flouting the will of Congress," the state's Coastal Commission and a federal court. The controversy pits national security against whales and other marine mammals.
Is It Time to Crack Down on Elderly Drivers? Three years ago, George Russell Weller told Santa Monica police officers he had no idea how his Buick LeSabre accelerated through a crowded farmers' market, killing 10 people and injuring 60 more. He also said he had no idea why the car stopped. Was the cause an extended "senior moment" or a felony crime? The CHP says the most likely explanation is "pedal error," a driver mistakenly hitting the accelerator instead of the brake. It's all too common among elderly drivers, and Weller was 85 at the time. Today he went on trial, charged with 10 counts of manslaughter by the Los Angeles District Attorney with a maximum possible prison term of 18 years.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.